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This game requires that each player spot numbers on licence plates from one to nine. As each number is called out, everyone looks for the next number. Only one number can be taken from each plate. The first to reach the number 9 wins. This game can also be played looking for letters "A to Z".
This is a way to help small children learn to classify objects. Empty your purse or wallet. After they have looked over the objects, ask them if they can tell you what all of them are and if they can see a way to put things together by size or shape or color, what they are made of or how they sound, etc.
To keep your family vacation memories alive after you return home, bring along a supply of stamps so you can send yourselves postcards from stops along the way. This is also a great reading and writing activity for the kids. Write down a favorite memory from that day or stop, and drop it in the mail. The postcard will provide a photo, and your message a memory. Once you have received all of your postcards, assemble them into an album. Use a sleeve album so that you can see both sides of the cards when viewing.
When traveling, be sure to throw a night light into your suitcase. If your kids happen to wake up in a strange room, they will be less frightened since there will be less scary shadows. It will also be easier for you to get around in a strange room without waking up the kids.
Using the map that routes your trip, make a short list of places that are shown on the route. Give a copy of the map to the kids and challenge them to find the various locations as you pass them. Ask questions like "What city are we near?" or ask them to plot a route between two cities that you name. This activity also develops children's knowledge of geography.
Pass the time by playing this simple game. Begin by saying "Mummy went to the store to buy groceries and first bought APPLES". Then ask the first child to think of the next item on the shopping list beginning with B, such as BREAD. The next child thinks of something beginning with C, and so on. This also encourages creativity and development of vocabulary skills.
Have your kids keep a scrapbook of your trip. Help them collect things during the day to put in the scrapbook each night: travel brochures, postcards, a free kids' menu, an interesting placemat from a restaurant, or a pretty leaf from a tree where you stopped to picnic. Label and make notes about the items you collect. This makes a wonderful souvenir at the end of your trip!
Snacks should be an essential part of travelling, even if the distance from here to there is a short one (less than two hours).
Ideal food to take will be determined by the method of travel (car, plane, bus, train), the distance to travel, time of year, and age(s) of the kid(s).
Simple snacks can consist of dried cereal, trail mix, and jerky treats. Dry treats are the best when using public methods of travel such as on a plane, bus, or train. Chocolate covered candy bars, cookies, and/or cake can make a huge mess, even in the hands of a neat child.
If travelling by car, a small ice chest can hold great snacks like apple slices, berries, oranges, baby carrots, and water. These are especially great foods when vacationing during the hot, summer months. Plus, serving vegetables and fruit can help avoid stomach upset and constipation, which can complicate trips.
Any snacks served with chocolate can melt in the car, even in mild spring weather. Be sure the kids are old enough to not smear it on everything and on everyone around them and the chocolate covered yummies are in containers that won't leak.
Instead of sugar filled drinks (including more than 4-6 oz of juice), serve water. Although it may not be as exciting, it will help the trip go much smoother if the child isn't more hyper than normal because he/she's had juice, tea, or soda.
The last thing available when serving snacks is hand wipes. No matter how neat the child or snack is, it’s never a bad idea to wash hands after eating.
Before leaving home, make a list of things you might see.
Better yet, look up the areas you're traveling on the internet and see what spots are worth a look. There are many hidden destinations, great finds, and cool events and festivals that might be fun and a nice break.
Part of the experience of travel, is learning new things and going to new places. Not just the tourist spots, but the hidden treasures of a city.
Doing a little research before hand can prove to give you the trip of a lifetime.
When you visit friends or family, don't be definite about your arrival time. You can never predict what may occur on the way and this will prevent that cry of "But we told them we'd be there by three!" Remember to stop every two to three hours on longer trips for rest and re-energizing.
To help a young child know how long a trip will take, bring along two small plastic containers and several quarters. In the first container place one quarter (25 cents) for each 15 mins. that you think the trip will take. Every 15 mins. move one quarter over to the other container. At the end of the trip, all of the quarters will be in the second container. Younger children love this game and it helps them to conceptualize the passing of time.
Young children, who don't have a developed sense of time, can find it very difficult to understand how long they must wait before you leave on a vacation. To make it easier for your child to visualize the time, make a paper chain with one chain for each day until the trip. Each night, remove one link and count how many days are left.